After Jiang Zemin’s death, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on November 30 announced that Jiang’s funeral would not have a farewell ceremony for the body. But the CCP reversed its decision on December 5.
The analysis shows that this change is a manifestation of Xi having to give in to pressure from his opponent.
According to Yuan Hongbing, a jurist living in Australia, former Chinese vice president Zeng Qinghong and his clique used Jiang Zemin’s death to attack Xi Jinping.
Zeng, a confidant of Jiang, arranged to write a eulogy that elevated Jiang to the same level as Deng Xiaoping. Zeng stated that if Xi did not approve the contents of this eulogy, Jiang’s family would arrange his own funeral.
Yuan believes that the “White Paper movement” against CCP’s zero-COVID policy was causing Xi to be afraid of being used by his opponent to attack him, so he had to compromise.
However, according to commentator Li Zhengkuan, Xi still included two messages discrediting Jiang in his eulogy.
First, Xi mentioned the Tiananmen incident twice in his speech.
It is worth noting that, within seemingly praiseworthy words, Xi pointed out that Jiang was a supporter of and carried out the massacre in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
Second, Xi did not mention the persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that Jiang had set out to destroy by any means, resulting in the torture and death of countless innocent people.
Li Zhengkuan said that Xi’s failure to take a stand regarding the persecution of Falun Gong showed that he did not want to share the blame with Jiang.
Furthermore, in his eulogy, Xi confirmed Jiang as the mastermind of the persecution of Falun Gong by transmitting information: In 2006, Jiang personally presided over the editing and evaluation of each article in the book “Anthology of Jiang Zemin.”
In volume two of the book Xi mentioned, Jiang admitted that he had rejected all objections and ordered the persecution of Falun Gong.